Obraz Art Studio was founded in 2006 by graduates of restoration, easel and monumental painting studios of the Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.
Since the founding of the studio, it has been actively working in the field of monumental classical, academic art, both secular and religious, and the studio has completed many projects in Russia and abroad: churches, historic buildings, architectural monuments and properties from the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The collective has been working in the UK since 2006 and has accomplished a set of art restoration works in several mansions from the 17th-19th century. The murals in one of the mansions, painted by our collective’s artists, were acknowledged as ones having artistic merit and were put under state control.
The studio has broad specialists who possess knowledge of various historical art
styles and movements, have considerable experience, and were awarded for their professional activities.
Among the most interesting projects undertaken by Obraz Art Studio in 2009-2011, one could note the complex interior design in St. John’s Church at Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, in the building from the latter half of the 19th century, where there were made murals, recreated plasterworks, stained-glass windows, liturgical furniture and utensils. It was the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, who approved the drafts and conducted the consecration of this church after the restoration work had been completed. Later, the studio’s artists made interiors with murals for the seminarian refectory and other rooms.
Apart from that, in 2012-2015 the studio’s collective, with the blessing of Bishop Markell, Vicar of Saint Petersburg eparchy, made wall paintings in the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the village of Pidma in Leningrad region. The church was built in 1830 and reconstructed in the beginning of the 2000s. The paintings were made in Russian high classicism, colourful, with prevailing white and light blue tints, accentuating the importance of colour symbolism in the Feast of the Transfiguration, in honour of which the church was consecrated. Moreover, the murals in the refectory, vestibule and other secondary rooms were painted in the style of English palaces’ murals from the latter part of the 18th century, that remind us of Pompeian and early Christian catacomb frescoes.
The latest important church project was undertaken by the studio in 2016-2018 – it was painting of the upper church of St. Theodore’s Cathedral in Pushkin, built in 1907 by request of the imperial family and Emperor Nicholas II himself.
Among the studio’s secular projects one can highlight wall paintings in the mansion in Saint Petersburg’s suburb Olgino, created in the style of the Scottish architect Robert Adam. The murals were made as free copies of Poussin’s most famous works in tempera wall painting technique with an effect of small defects and losses of the plaster layer, as requested by the client who wanted to create an atmosphere of an old mansion in his new home.
In 2011, in the English Lincolnshire, the studio completed a complex work of restoring and creating murals in the mansion Ermine House, built at the end of the 17th - beginning of the 18th century. The murals, painted in the rooms of this building in fresco technique on plaster in traditional English palaces’ style from the middle and the latter half of the 18th century, were highly appraised by specialists and put on the list of buildings that have artistic and historical merit and are to be under state control. At the present time, there are often guided tours for those who would like to see these murals in this private house.
During the period from 2008 to 2015, Obraz Art Studio created a plenty of plafond paintings in Bulbi Hall mansion in oil on canvas and attached those paintings to the ceiling. The paintings have a thematic perspective, depending on the rooms’ purpose.
Obraz Studio’s artists are full of ideas and plans for further work at new projects, and as these plans are carried out, we will be happy to acquaint all monumental art lovers with them.